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These restaurant pasta dishes have gut-busting calorie counts

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Craving comfort food? A creamy, delicious bowl of pasta might have crossed your mind. From a simple bowl of mac and cheese to spaghetti bolognese, from gnocci to lasagna, the Italian staple can satisfy any pang of hunger.

Of course, usually when you decide to order a pasta dish, you know that it's not going to be a light meal. But there are some dishes that are so far on the calorific side of the spectrum that they equal almost a full day's worth of meals.

With this in mind, HealthGrove, a Graphiq site, aggregated the most caloric pasta dishes at 10 nationally known chain restaurants. The data is pulled from menus as of May 12, 2016.

Pastas with cheesy sauces dominate the list — especially mac and cheeses and alfredo pastas, which consist of 28 percent of the most calorific dishes. So when you're out and looking for the comfort of a creamy pasta dish, make sure you know exactly what you're biting into.

#10. Domino's Pizza

Chicken Carbonara in Bread Bowl

Calories per serving: 1480

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#9. Ruby Tuesday's

Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Calories per serving: 1523

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#8. Mimi's Cafe

Chicken Tillamook Cheddar Mac

Calories per serving: 1560

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#7. Applebee's

4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders

Calories per serving: 1580

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#6. Olive Garden

Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara

Calories per serving: 1590

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#5. Uno Chicago Grill

Deep Dish Mac & Cheese

Calories per serving: 1690

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#4. The Old Spaghetti Factory

Hearty Mizithra and Brown Butter

Calories per serving: 1990

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#3. Spaghetti Warehouse

Turin Trio

Calories per serving: 2000

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#2. Red Robin

Buzz Clucks and Mac

Calories per serving: 2123

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#1. Macaroni Grill

Buffalo Chicken Parmesan

Calories per serving: 2170

See menu here.

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